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The Kent State men’s basketball team won their eighth straight game in dominant fashion.

Kent State defeated first-place Ohio University 75-52.

The Flashes improve to 17-9 on the year and 12-4 in the Mid-American Conference, and they sit in third place. The Bobcats (13-3 MAC, 22-5 overall) retain first place.

“Obviously a big win for us,” said head coach Rob Senderoff. “The first half was probably the best half in basketball on both sides of the court in my 11 years here.”

It was absolute dominance in the first half for the Flashes, as they took a 30-point lead.

KSU’s score in the first half looked more like a football score as the team trailed 45-15 in the locker room.

Kent State went on a 16-2 run to start the game and it didn’t stop there.

The Flashes couldn’t miss shooting the three-point line 70% (7-10) and also shot 55% (16-29) on field goals.

“It was great, we shot 55%, 10 assists in the first half and 7-10 from three,” Senderoff said. “We played very well, very strong, played for each other, that’s all you can ask for.”

Meanwhile, on the defensive end, KSU closes Ohio. The Bobcats scored just two field goals the entire first half, shooting 8 percent (2-25) and went 0-15 to three-pointers.

Eight different Flashes had scored in the first half, with the team registering 10 assists.

Kent State didn’t let go in the second half.

The Flashes didn’t quite have the same three-point success they had in the first half, but the constant defensive pressure gave Kent State the win.

“They kind of took the lead,” Senderoff said. “It was never really close, because I think we kept playing the right way.”

The Flashes held the Bobcats to 37 percent (10-27) shooting and 38 percent (5-13) from behind the arc in the second half.

Redshirt junior Malique Jacobs tied the team with 14 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two blocks. Alongside Jacobs was second redshirt student Giovanni Santigo, who had 14 points, two rebounds, one assist and two steals.

The Redshirt junior Sincere Carry added 12 points, five rebounds, seven assists and a steal.

“I’m going to enjoy tonight, I’m not going to act like I’m not going to enjoy tonight,” Senderoff said. “I’m going to start thinking about Tuesday and what we can do to get people here on Tuesday.”

The Flashes will be looking for a nine-game winning streak when the team takes on sixth-placed Ball State (6-8, 11-14) on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at MACC.

Jacob Hansen is a journalist. Contact him at [email protected].

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